On this week's podcast, special guest Andy Smarick, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk to discuss Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing and what the feds might do to promote school choice. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effects of New Orleans school reforms on school expenditures.

Amber’s Research Minute

Christian Buerger and Douglas N. Harris, “Does school reform = spending reform? The effect of the New Orleans school reforms on the use and level of school expenditures,” Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, Tulane University (January 2017)

Mike Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, executive editor of Education Next, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Education Commission of the States. An award-winning writer, he…

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Alyssa Schwenk is the director of external relations at the Fordham Institute, where she leads Fordham’s outreach and messaging to outside audiences, including the media, policymakers, others in the education-policy sphere, and the funding community. Alyssa started her education career at a Ward 5 D.C. charter school via Teach For America, where she learned that everything important in life can be learned in…

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Amber Northern is senior vice president for research at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where she supervises the Institute’s studies and research staff.  She has published in the areas of educational accountability, principal leadership, teacher quality, and academic standards, among others. Prior to joining Fordham, she served as senior study director at Westat. In that role, she provided evaluation services…

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